‘American Idol’ producer Nigel Lithgoe was on with Ryan Seacrest of KIIS FM in Los Angeles on Thursday (March 8) to comment on Rosie O’Donnell’s recent attack about the show being racist and weightist, whether the girls should get more than 6 spots in the top 12 because they’re so much better, and the big surprise announcement being revealed tonight. The interview audio at kiisfm.com has since been removed.
‘The Morning Show’ Recaps ‘Idol’ Top 8 Girls
March 8, 2007 – It was the girls’ chance to shine last night as ‘American Idol’ gets ready to cut it down to the final dozen. ‘Idol’ season four finalist Anthony Federov and comedian Richie Byrne visited ‘The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet’ on Thursday (March 8) to weigh in on who should be moving up, and who should be moving out. The conversation was led by Antonella Barba’s performance and Simon Cowell’s critique and of course the controversy the pictures of the 20-year-old created. Video at mandjshow.com has since been removed.
Lisa Tucker Reacts To This Week’s ‘Idol’ Performances
March 8, 2007 – ‘American Idol’ season five finalist Lisa Tucker reacted to the girls performances on last night’s ‘Idol’. Lisa’s favorite female was Melinda Doolittle, while Chris Sligh was her favorite amongst the guys. She also discussed Simon Cowell’s tough remarks. Video of the segment, aired Thursday (March 8), at FoxNews.com has since been removed.
Lythgoe: Rosie’s ‘Idol’ Claims ‘Absurd And Ridiculous’
March 7, 2007 – ‘American Idol’ executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has fired back at ‘The View’ co-host Rosie O’Donnell over her charge that the show has a problem with obese or non-white contestants because Antonella Barba isn’t getting the boot this year for racy pictures while Frenchie Davis did in season two for porn images. “Without wishing to add to the obvious self-promotion of Ms. O’Donnell, I feel as though I must refute her absurd and ridiculous claims that ‘American Idol’ is racist and/or weightist,” Lythgoe said in a statement. “Ms. O’Donnell has, once again, spoken without thought or knowledge. Viewers need only look at the show tonight to realize that ‘American Idol’ constantly confirms to America that talent has nothing to do with weight or color.”
Debate On Frenchie’s Beef With Antonella Staying On ‘Idol’
March 7, 2007 – The picture scandal involving ‘American Idol’ season six semi-finalist Antonella Barba is causing outrage among some civil rights activists after season two contestant Frenchie Davis was booted for porn site pictures. Fox News Channel had urban studies professor Marc Lamont Hill and Life & Style Weekly’s Dawn Yanek on to discuss the situation earlier today. Video at FoxNews.com has since been removed.
Magic 96’s Conrad And Stevens Blast ‘Idol’ Guys
March 7, 2007 – Rob Conrad and Shannon Stevens from Magic 96 WMJJ-FM were not very impressed with the performance of the top eight guys on ‘American Idol’ last night. They talked with Janice and Rick on Good Day Alabama about who will stay and who should get voted off. The segment, aired Wednesday (March 7), at MyFoxAl.com has since been removed.